Hello, all! Im Carole Adornetto and, as AETNs Executive Producer, I have a great job in an awesome state. I get to meet amazing people and work with extraordinary, dedicated, hard-working producer who like nothing better than finding a good story to tell. When a dear friend introduced me to Hot Springs artist Linda W. Palmer two years ago, who then showed me the special trees she was illustrating, it was a no-brainer. This was a story that had to be told!
Champion trees are the oldest and largest of their species in Arkansas real titleholders. These giants are beautiful and majestic, but thats not the only reason Linda was captured by them. I listened to the Tree Lady tell me about her determination to draw all 130 trees, not simply because they are lovely subjects, but so that her art can be a conduit for their preservation and the publics education. Its an impressive undertaking by an equally impressive woman.
And its an undertaking AETN is proud to highlight in our upcoming atrium exhibit in February. This beautiful feature includes 18 large, colored-pencil drawings of champion trees, accompanied by detail drawings of their foliage, documentary photographs of depicted trees and informative text panels. Lindas ultimate goal is to interpret each champion according to the season of observation, location, historic context and human connection. I can promise you that its a thrill to see!
In addition to general admittance to the Champion Trees exhibit open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the AETN Headquarters in Conway we also are excited to invite you to the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1-4 p.m. This special event will feature an artists gallery talk with Linda and, Im happy to announce, our own Regional Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Wilcken will preview a portion of his upcoming Champion Trees documentary. I could go on forever but, for now, let me just urge you to come to the opening reception and keep checking in with AETN for the latest news. This is a film you wont want to miss!
Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artists Journey, Drawings by Linda Williams Palmer, Feb. 17-March 16
Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artists Journey Opening Reception, Saturday, Feb. 23, 1-4 p.m.